QT's name and shame: This week's drink drivers

EVERY week The QT publishes the names of drink-drivers who have been in court in Ipswich over the past week.

 

'Drowsy' driver fined $1500

BRENT Travis Kennedy could barely keep his eyes open when police pulled him over on Redbank Plains Rd for dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston told Ipswich Magistrates Court police had observed Kennedy speeding and driving erratically.

Sgt Colson said police recorded Kennedy travelling at 79kmh in a 60kmh zone.

He was also seen swerving on the road, crossing over the double lines into oncoming traffic on several occasions and driving over a painted traffic island.

When police pulled Kennedy over he was swaying in his seat and unable to sit still.

Police noted that he looked very drowsy. His eyes were bloodshot and he had trouble keeping them open.

After a breath test came up negative, Kennedy was taken to the hospital for a blood test.

It was later revealed that he had been driving after taking a prescription drug known for its sedative abilities.

He pleaded guilty last week to driving under the influence of liquor or a drug.

Kennedy told the court he had been prescribed the drug to treat his anxiety.

He said he had taken the drug before, but had not been advised by his doctor not to drive while on the drug.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Kennedy's manner of driving before he was pulled over was "concerning".

"Clearly you weren't under the influence of alcohol but you were under the influence of something else and this charge covers both," she said.

Ms Sturgess said Kennedy had been charged with a similar offence in 2012 which put him in a higher disqualification category.

He was fined $1500 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for a year.

 

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Motorist told he 'should have known better'

AN IPSWICH motorist has been told he "should have known better" after being hit with a second drink driving charge within two years.

Atang Hangsing last Thursday pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving over the middle alcohol limit.

Prosecutor Sergeant Tracey Laing told the court Hangsing had registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.148 when he was pulled over by police in Redbank Plains on June 21. When questioned by police, Hangsing said he had consumed about eight to 10 stubbies between 2pm to 1am.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess reminded Hangsing he had been charged with drink-driving in March last year and that he should have known better.

He was fined $800 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for nine months.

 

Guilty plea to drivingover alcohol limit

SCOTT Anthony Gibson, 34, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in North Booval. He was fined $350 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for two months.

Fined $350 and banned for two months

BRETT Walter Gosselin, 41, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit on Karrabin-Rosewood Rd. He was fined $350 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for two months.

Offender loses driver's licence for four months

DEAN Tewhiunga Takuir Sulivan, 49, pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Redbank Plains. He was fined $450 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for four months.

Motorist cops $350 fine and one-month ban

JAKE Mark Murphy, 26, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Ipswich. He was fined $350 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for a month.

Man caught drink driving in Ipswich

JAMES Patrick McGuire, 67, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Ipswich. He was fined $350 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for a month.



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